Ontario’s new conservative government it would end the pilot program, which gave free government funds to people in low-paying jobs — instead of welfare benefits — in the region to test whether the money helped to improve health, education and housing.
Finally someone wised up and realized that the plan was very expensive and not sustainable.
But Canada isn’t the only country to stop the “free money for low incomers”, as not too long ago, Finland decided to scrap its own test of universal basic income. Finland’s program gave 560 Euros ($584) to 2,000 unemployed Finnish citizens per month, with no requirement to find a paying job. Earlier this year however, Finland decided not to extend the funding to the program.
But it made no difference to liberal controlled US cities, that the program has failed in other countries, as our leaders are still pushing the idea.
Stockton California will be the first in the U.S. to take on the experiment, with a plan to pay 100 residents $500 a month without any conditions.
The program’s purpose is to eventually ensure that no one in Stockton, with a population of 300,000, lives in poverty. The receivers of the cash will be able to spend the money on anything they want without any rules or regulations. Stockton’s plan begins in 2019.
Also in California, a startup, Y Combinator, based in Oakland, is giving out $1,500 a month to randomly selected residents.
But the stupidity doesn’t end in California. Chicago is about to become the largest city jumping on board, to start the program. There program would provide 1,000 families with a $500 monthly stipend — no questions asked.
Pawar’s bill already has the backing of the majority of city lawmakers, and Pawar hopes to soon work with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to implement the pilot program.
And a recent study showed that 60% of Americans favor the government providing a “guaranteed income that would allow them to meet their basic needs.”
That’s what happens when you vote for the left, folks.